The Young Lawyers Section of The Jacksonville Bar Association is proud to announce that it will host the 5th Annual Rendezvous on the River to benefit Dreams Come True.
The event will be held at Fionn MacCool's Irish Pub at the Landing from 5:30-8:30 p.m. April 25 and include heavy hors d'oeuvres, drinks, entertainment and a raffle for prizes. The event is open to all professionals in the Jacksonville community, so please invite all of your friends.
Tickets can be obtained at the door for a $15 donation. Florida Coastal School of Law students can purchase tickets for $5. Additional raffle tickets will be for sale for anyone who wants to increase their chance to win one of the many raffle prizes donated by local businesses and restaurants.
As in the past, the proceeds from this year's Rendezvous on the River will benefit Dreams Come True. The local nonprofit has fulfilled the dreams of more than 2,700 children battling life-threatening illnesses in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia since 1984.
These dreams have included swimming with dolphins, shopping trips, meeting celebrities, catching blue marlins or seeing the volcanoes in Hawaii.
Those who have had the opportunity to meet the children whose dreams have become reality through the money raised by Rendezvous on the River have seen firsthand the positive impact it has had on the community.
The event is run each year by the association's Law Week Committee, which is being chaired this year by Michael Lockamy.
It was created in 2009 by Fraz Ahmed, then co-chair of the 2009 Law Week Committee, with the vision of bringing together all professionals in the Jacksonville community — not just attorneys — to raise money to support local charities.
Since 2009, Rendezvous on the River has raised more than $15,000 for Dreams Come True and other Jacksonville charities.
Rendezvous on the River is one of many events that will take place in April and May as part of the association's observance of Law Day, which recognizes and celebrates our nation's commitment to the rule of law.
This year's theme is "Realizing the Dream: Equality for All" and will focus on the promise of equality under the law and the legacy of the civil rights movement. To promote Law Day, the committee has taken part in planning the following events:
• In conjunction with Citizenship Day, attorneys will assist immigrants seeking U.S. citizenship to complete the necessary forms April 13. The event is at Florida Coastal School of Law. Contact Kathy Para at k[email protected] if you are interested in volunteering.
• An arts supplies and toiletries drive will be held in April. The arts supplies will be donated to S.P. Livingston Elementary School and the toiletries will be donated to Ecumenical Services. Collection bins will be distributed to law firms throughout the area. Please contact Michael Bateh at email@example.com if you or your firm is interested in participating.
• A naturalization ceremony will be held at the federal courthouse April 25. The ceremony welcomes our newest citizens to this country.
• The students of S.P. Livingston Elementary School will compete in a poster contest. The posters will reflect this year's Law Day theme.
For more information about Rendezvous on the River, please contact Shea Moser at [email protected], Beau Baker at [email protected], or Fraz Ahmed at [email protected].
For information about Law Week, please contact Michael Lockamy at [email protected].